Fix Something By Yourself

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Go fix a broken window, or a scratch on your car. Don’t call for a specialist, get involved, see how you can have an impact on things around you. Work with your hands, prepare to sweat. It will instantly make you feel better.

Crafting something will make you feel like a little creator, giving shape and volume to the universe around you. It may sound exaggerated, but believe me, it isn’t. Even the smallest improvement in the physical universe around you will have an impact.

It often takes a little bit of positive outcome of a small action to give your more courage for the bigger things.

How To Make Friends With The Tools

Let’s be clear here: most likely your fix won’t be as good as one done by a specialist. Maybe it will keep for a while, but after that, you may have to call the real one. That’s ok. That’s more than ok, actually, that’s how it is supposed to be: let the people who know best do what they do best.

The real benefit for this is not becoming a plumber (or an electrician). I’m not even thinking to go there.The real benefit is making friends with the tools.

No matter if you’re a man or a woman, we all use tools. It’s one of our fundamental trait as human beings. There are some other beings who can do this (raccoons when they build their dams, for instance) but we took this tool thing on a whole different level.

The leverage we got from inventing millions of tools and combining them in more and more complex contraptions is immense. Look at how different our habitat is now: we live in buildings, sheltered from cold or heat or rain or snow, phonically isolated, secured against earthquakes, surrounded by sounds and images on demand. That’s amazing. Only 50 generations ago, this would have seem a god’s life. And, in many ways, we are gods now, compared with who we used to be a few millennia ago. And tools, or our ability to invent them, use them and adapt them to more and more situations, played a fundamental part in this shift.

So, by creating this subtle bond with the tools in the physical space, you will slowly (but steadily) grow a certain ability to use all kind of tools. And I’m talking about mental tools here, especially.

That’s where the real benefit is. Have you noticed that “fix-it-all” people usually have a better way in their lives than the rest? They’re witty, they get out of blocking situations faster, they’re inventive, they’re more optimistic, they even avoid trouble more than the rest of us. They know their ways around stuff.

Learning how to fix something by yourself, even if you can’t get it right from the first time, will make you more prone to using mental tools. Habit creation tools. Thoughts changing tools.

And from there, my friend, the sky is the limit.

15 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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  1. I decided to fix things at a point in my life. We have this mindset that if it’s not your field, take it to a professional. But it’s good that we learn at a point in our lives to these things. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes it’s a good exercise for the brain

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  2. “Don’t call for a specialist, get involved, see how you can have an impact on things around you. Work with your hands, prepare to sweat. It will instantly make you feel better”
    My mama always says this too, but hey, I’m so lazy to even try doing anything manual 😩😩😩. Lord help me change🤦😊🙏

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    1. GS says:

      Hahaha we are all lazy till we decide to get our hands dirty

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      1. True that!🤭🤦

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      2. GS says:

        🙌🏼

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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  3. susankgray says:

    I fixed my coffee grinder just by cleaning it! It made me feel like a wonder worker. Simple pleasures! Great post, btw, and good advice for everyone!

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    1. GS says:

      Yasss way to go

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  4. I agree. I fix things all the time. Currently I have a garden chair I’m eyeballing to fix the lattes

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    1. GS says:

      Way to go!!

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